Wanted to make you aware of this. Good people doing good things for great kids. Please consider helping. From the "Details." Our North Carolina elected officials have persistently failed to prioritize public schools across our State. Strong public schools lead to increased home values, economic growth and stable communities. [Read below for a quick history … Continue reading Save Our Public Schools NC – Holiday Card Bonanza
Month: November 2017
Gomer Pyle Makes a Citizen’s Arrest For Art Classes in NC
Did you ever see the Andy Griffith Show episode where Gomer makes a citizen’s arrest on Barney for making a U-turn on the main street? Take a look. https://youtu.be/G-VJNJhPCNo Baseball cap on sideways. Oily rag in back pocket. Impeccable logic. Steadfast loyalty to rules. Gomer Pyle was always more than he seemed. So was the … Continue reading Gomer Pyle Makes a Citizen’s Arrest For Art Classes in NC
Can Berger, Moore, or Barefoot Explain This? Concerning School Funding Levels Pre and Post Recession
Today the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on school funding in states that compared current funding with pre-recession levels. Entitled “A Punishing Decade for School Funding”, the authors begin with this: “Public investment in K-12 schools — crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity — … Continue reading Can Berger, Moore, or Barefoot Explain This? Concerning School Funding Levels Pre and Post Recession
Why Teachers Should Be Wary of EVAAS and SAS
In October, the venerable James Ford of the Public School Forum delivered the keynote address at the North Carolina English Teacher’s Association. It was more than exceptional as Ford highlighted that what hurts our schools most are external factors that are not being dealt with such as systemic poverty. Part of his presentation included a … Continue reading Why Teachers Should Be Wary of EVAAS and SAS
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So, How Is That Betsy DeVos Thing Working Out For You?
It has been a year since Donald Trump made Betsy DeVos his selection as Secretary of Education and thus began a much maligned, yet brief tenure, of one of the most controversial cabinet members in recent history. DeVos’s resume coming into the office was not impressive and certainly one that displayed an unqualified individual whose … Continue reading So, How Is That Betsy DeVos Thing Working Out For You?
Civil Discourse in Public Education “Reform” Cannot Happen If You Refuse to Involve Teachers
Over the last year (and week), much has been said about the need for civility and constructive dialogue especially when discussing the topic of public education. John Hood has a recent op-ed in EdNC.org entitled “Carolina needs civil, curious leaders.” It begins, If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I … Continue reading Civil Discourse in Public Education “Reform” Cannot Happen If You Refuse to Involve Teachers
Thankful for Public School Advocates
Maybe today is a good day to mention how thankful I am for public school advocates. And it's not just today, but every single day that I am thankful. And that thankfulness has grown into gratitude. And that gratitude means that I am grateful. And to me being grateful means that I add action to … Continue reading Thankful for Public School Advocates
Dear State Supt. Johnson: Are You Actually Going To Take A Stand or Continue Rubber-Stamping?
What happened this past week with the state superintendent’s office is yet another example of the redundant walking contradiction that is the tenure of Mark Johnson. On Friday it was announced that State Superintendent Mark Johnson hired two new staff members: an associate state superintendent for early childhood education and a leader for the school … Continue reading Dear State Supt. Johnson: Are You Actually Going To Take A Stand or Continue Rubber-Stamping?
It Still Was A Perfect Season
Any team that has goals and aspirations truly strives to end the season with a winning streak; however, usually only one team can really end the year with one. At least when it comes to the actual score. The result of last night's game will not set easy for those who competed and the sting … Continue reading It Still Was A Perfect Season